Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
Last Sunday at a couple of the Masses, I remarked that maybe it was just me, but it seems as though people have a much greater need to come together when there is a tragedy. As much as we enjoy good things, if you are looking for moments when people draw together best, nothing does it like a common crisis.

At that rate, we sure should be very close to each other right now. I don’t feel that closeness very much. Just the opposite. No doubt it has something to do with just how long a crisis goes on. Then when you multiply the crises, all I want to do is crawl into a hole, disconnect the television and grab my rosary.

fetscherDear Family,
You don’t look a day over 243.

I had to stop and think a minute... independence from whom? Oh yes, King George. I hadn’t forgotten the history. It’s just that these days as the saying goes, “It’s hard to remember you were trying to drain the swamp when you’re up to your rear end in alligators.”

I remember in years past on this page, reminiscing with you about fireworks from North Miami’s recreation field. We kids sat in our front yard six blocks away watching the exploding skies in amazement. That’s 65-70 years ago.

fetscherDear Family,
Thanks to Msgr. Mike Hippee, Fr. Gary Weismann and of course our own Fr. Antony Vayalikarottu for celebrating the liturgy for you during my recent absence. You’ll be happy to know that my problem was NOT COVID-19.

Speaking of which...

I know these days are hard on all of us. Here at the parish we’ve been scrupulous about cleaning everything and maintaining space, and perhaps most important of all, that we are wearing the masks.

handsaroundworldDear Family,
Here we are in the 11th week in Ordinary time. In other words, we have finished the Easter season and celebrated Trinity and Corpus Christi. The cycle began last December with Advent and moves to Advent 2020, when we begin the voyage through the Church’s year of feasts all over again.

The Church has a three-year cycle, using Matthew, Mark or Luke. As you remember (don’t you?) this is Matthew’s year. John comes to us at various times sprinkled into the seasons of the year.

fetscherDear Family,
Today we celebrate meeting the person of Jesus in Word, Sacrament and Each Other. Who could have guessed the meeting would look like it does today? Each Other is taking on an incredible meaning.

Somewhere I recall hearing an old Chinese curse that says, “May you live in interesting times.” I’m not sure about the accuracy of the origin, but you’ve got to admit, these are interesting times.

While everyone else was dealing with COVID-19, I was encountering hypotension. The one great aspect of said encounter is that I can use all the salt I want. There is a God.

cupichDear Family,
The following is a letter of Chicago’s Archbishop, Cardinal Blaise Cupich. It says what I wanted to say in this Twitch so much better than I would have.

May 31, 2020
The past nights I have watched in great person¬al pain as the pent-up anger of our people caught fire across our country. I saw the city where I was born, the cities where I have lived, the city I pastor now, catch embers from the city where I was educated and burn. Was I horrified at the violence? Yes. But was I surprised? No.

fetscherDear Family,
I’m writing on Tuesday the 26th from the banks of Lake Sebastian. So far, the ducks have not appeared, but any moment I expect to see them swimming across the pond (aka the flooded green field.)

Boy, is there a lot of water. After the rainfall last night, I can understand why folk should always heed rising water warnings. I’ve never had pooling water in my backyard before. I guess this is one way of celebrating the Easter Vigil ceremony with the blessing of the baptismal waters.

fetscherDear Family,
You know I write this bulletin a week ahead, but I’ve just heard that we open next week. Hope does not disappoint! What a way to celebrate Pentecost.

I’m trying to decide what we may have learned from this remarkable one-time (I hope) event in our lives. I can only speak for me.

I’m still working on it, but one thing I’ve realized is that my relationship with the Lord isn’t what I thought (or hoped) it was. As long as there were a hundred things competing for every one of my minutes, I was very engaged and active. But so much of that faded away in the isolation of shutdown, there was almost a void.

fetscherDear Family,
I hope you’re not getting too comfortable. The curse of the couch potato... I won’t say I’m falling into the category, but I do have to wonder about the third and fourth eye that is trying to appear in the middle of my forehead. Don’t worry if that doesn’t make sense to you...

I DO hope that you are taking the time to check out the readings for today’s liturgy. Check out the Bishops’ site. Just put ‘USCCB Daily Readings’ in your search bar, and “Voila” there you have it, even audio versions if you want.

When I look at the readings in the context of all we are going through right now with COVID-19, I’m hearing from Acts, “how are we taking care of the needy in the world?”

fetscherDear Family,
Nearly 40 years ago, Rabbi Harold S. Kushner wrote what turned out to be a best seller: “When Bad Things Happen to Good People.” Rabbi Kushner’s book was inspired by the life and death of his son, Aaron, who was born with progeria (“rapid aging,”). The disease finally claimed Aaron just after his 14th birthday.

For probably most of those years I remembered the name of the work as, “Why do bad things Happen to Good People.” What a surprise to find out that I had a correction to make.

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